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iOS

A new iPhone built around iOS 7 could be weeks away

After many months of rumors and speculations, it appears we finally have an arrival date for the next iPhone. AllThingsD reports that sources have told it to expect Apple to introduce the follow-up to the iPhone 5 at a special event on September 10.  Read More

HOT Watch is a new smartwatch with a directional speaker and microphone embedded in the wr...

The smartwatch market is barely in its infancy, but it's already feeling a bit crowded. With crowdfunding success stories like the Pebble and the Agent rubbing shoulders with juggernauts like Apple, Google, and Microsoft, a new smartwatch has to bring something truly innovative to the table in order to stand out. PH Technical Labs seems prepared to do just that with the HOT Watch, which has a directional speaker and microphone embedded in the wrist, allowing the wearer to answer phone calls just by cupping their hand to their ear.  Read More

Gizmag compares the specs (and other features) of the new Nexus 7 and the aging iPad mini

If you're shopping for a smallish tablet, we wouldn't blame you for narrowing it down to the iPad mini and Google's new Nexus 7. But how do you choose between the two? Let Gizmag lend a hand, as we compare the specs (and other features) of the two mini-tablets.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the pre-release version of Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time. Does it l...

The original Plants vs. Zombies was a casual gaming classic. It had the perfect blend of quirky humor, memorable characters, and just-challenging-enough strategy. Most of all, it was a blast to play. Now, four years later, PopCap Games returns with the long-anticipated follow-up, Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time. Does it hold a candle to its predecessor? Read on, as Gizmag puts it through the paces.  Read More

Qardio's QardioCore monitors EKG, physical activity, heart rate and skin temperature

Thanks to the miniaturization of electronics and wireless technology, detailed cardiovascular monitoring no longer requires a visit to the doctor's clinic or a hospital. A new wave of cardiovascular monitoring devices can be carried or worn by patients as they go about their daily routine, with the collected data able to be transmitted wirelessly to healthcare professionals and family members. Healthcare company Qardio has unveiled two such devices that allow patients suffering, or at risk of developing cardiovascular conditions, to better monitor their health.  Read More

Gizmag goes hands-on with IK Multimedia's iRig HD and AmpliTube

IK Multimedia recently released its latest iRig audio interface, the iRig HD, in addition to giving its popular iOS amp-modeling software AmpliTube a facelift. Gizmag investigates whether the two products can offer musicians a portable platform for band practice, playing shows, or recording songs.  Read More

iTunes Radio is more or less a Pandora clone

The world of Apple's iOS 7 is flat. The maker of the iPhone, iPad and iPod revealed the latest update to its mobile operating system at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) today with a raft of new features and a new, flatter, cleaner look that CEO Tim Cook declared "the biggest change to iOS 7 since the (launch of) the iPhone."  Read More

The Goji Smart Lock is controlled by a smartphone and automatically sends the owner an ema...

The days of mechanical locks may be numbered as Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled smart locks continue to evolve with devices such as the Lockitron and August Smart Lock turning a smartphone into a wireless key. Unlocking a door with a smartphone from anywhere in the world is convenient by itself, but with the Goji Smart Lock you can instantly know when someone opens your front door and even see who it is.  Read More

Apple has quietly discontinued the 4th-gen iPod touch, replacing it with a stripped-down v...

If you were planning on snagging a 4th generation iPod touch, you might now have a better budget model on your plate. Without any fanfare, Apple quietly axed the older model, and replaced it with a slightly stripped-down version of the current (5th generation) model.  Read More

Google has launched a less capable version of Google Now for iOS

When Google first announced Google Now, lots of people called it a “Siri rival.” The two services do have some overlap, but Google Now is much more than a sassy personal assistant. Like Google itself, Now is all about using data to provide the answers you’re looking for – whether you’ve asked or not. Today iPhone users can finally get in on the Google Now fun.  Read More

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